There are many methods for creating electronic beats in software, including step sequencing, playing in beats with a MIDI pad controller or on a keyboard, or simply using loops. Some producers even drag individual drum samples directly onto a sequencer track! One method that can offer great flexibility and access to sounds and rhythmic possibilities that might otherwise be difficult to achieve is to draw your rhythms onto the grid in Drum Edit Mode or Key Edit Mode in Reason 9. Learn how to draw beats into the sequencer as music producer and songwriter Matt Piper demonstrates how to draw a tuned 808 kick part in Keyboard Edit Mode, and then shows you how to draw Trap style hi-hat parts in Drum Edit Mode. Learn how to use Snap together with Duplicate for quickly writing in hi-hat notes with different time divisions including 16th notes, 8th note triplets, and 64th notes, and how to make hi-hat rolls, sometimes called "lawn sprinkler hi-hats."
- [Voiceover] One method for making beats…is to draw them in the sequencer,…and I'll show you what I mean by that.…So in this project I already have…a Kong drum designer loaded,…and I'm going to be using that for cymbals primarily.…And then below that,…I have a Thor synth that I'm using for an 808 bass drum.…And let's look at the sequencer.…Okay so the first thing I'll do is…draw in the bass drum notes.…
So I'll double-click to create a clip.…And I want it to be two bars long.…And I'll double-click again…so I can get in here and edit.…(bass notes sounding)…So as I just click and drag here…I can hear what these notes sound like.…And I can zoom in.…And then this snap is really useful…because I can set it to the time division…that makes sense for what I'm doing.…
Okay, so I've set it to 8th note triplets.…And I'm gonna put a few beats here.…I could use my pencil tool,…but I'm just double-clicking.…Okay, and maybe I'll turn on the click here…so I can hear what that sounds like.…Go to the left locator here.…I'm gonna go ahead and loop this,…
- Recording audio and virtual instrument tracks in Reason 9
- Loop recording
- Creating synth lines
- Making beats with loops and the sequencer
- Editing audio
- Correcting pitch
- Automating tempo and time signature
- Mixing tracks in Reason
- Master the final recording
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/30/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover what’s new in Reason 9.5.x, including using VST plugins in Reason, MIDI drag and drop, and delay compensation.